Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Goes Diamond, Passes 10 Million Downloads
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are no stranger to major awards and success in their careers, but there is something neither act has ever done - had a record be diamond certified by the RIAA. Now they can hang that plaque on their wall as the 2014 mega-hit "Uptown Funk" was just diamond certified.
According to a press release, "Uptown Funk" sold over 12,422,016 downloads and had a staggering 938,694,569 audio streams in the United States. The music video has been streamed over 1.9 billion times.
The award makes the pair only the 10th artist to receive the award since the RIAA started giving out diamond certifications in 1999. It is the 13th song in RIAA history.
The song has reached the milestone under two years after it was released in November 2014.
"Uptown Funk" joins an elite club of songs in the digital age that have gone diamond. Songs like Katy Perry and Juicy J's "Dark Horse," Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," Lady Gaga "Poker Face" and Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris "Baby" have all gone diamond.
Those sales helped translate to other achievements. It topped the charts for 14 weeks straight, the second longest time in the Billboard Top 100 history. It has been diamond certified in Canada and France, but those don't come with the same prestige or sales number as the United States. "Uptown Funk" has also gone multi-platinum in Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Italy, Mexico and Australia. That is a lot of money to be split between the numerous songwriters listed on this tune.